Canada Post has released topics for their 2021 Canadian stamps, with some exciting 100th anniversary celebrations in the mix. The list is an interesting selection of Canadian achievements and multicultural events.
List of 2021 Canadian stamp issues
- the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.
- five mammals that turn white in winter.
- two legends of Canadian ballet.
- the 100th anniversary of the launch of the legendary schooner Bluenose.
- the three First World War heroes from Winnipeg’s Valour Road.
UPDATED Jan. 07, 2021. Canada Post has started issuing the 2021 stamps. The original article on the topics starts below the list. Purchase stamps here: Latest stamps | New in store | Canada Post
2021 Canadian stamps January
|Lunar New Year Cycle|
12 Lunar New Year stamps.
Completion of current Lunar New Year series that started in 2009. Each design is based on a previously released stamp.
Designer: Paprika Design
Release date: January 15, 2021
|Full souvenir sheet|
|Black History Month|
Two stamps celebrating two communities settled by Black Americans in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Amber Valley, Alberta & Willow Grove, NB.
Two stamps in this series
Special cancels from Athabasca AB
Designer: Lime Design
Release date: January 22, 2021
|Two separate booklets issued|
|FDC Amber Valley was founded around 1910|
FDC Willow Grove was founded in 1817 by a group of Black refugees from the War of 1812 (most formerly enslaved in the United States).
2021 Canadian stamps February
What are your picks?
I’m not sure which of Canada’s ballet legends will be honoured but I’m betting it’ll be Rex Harrington and Evelyn Hart. I’m not a major fan of ballet, so I’m likely off on these picks, but with Canada’s rich ballet history and there are lots of choices.
The mammals of winter will be fun. My picks are the artic hare, arctic fox, Peary caribou, arctic wolf, and harp seal.
It’s hard to imagine a world without insulin, but the discovery is only 100 years old. Read more on it here 100 Years of Insulin: Accelerating Canadian Discoveries to Defeat Diabetes. Previous stamps highlighting insulin included the 50th anniversary issue 1971, 1990 physician’s series, and 1999 millennium issue.
And the beloved Bluenose!
The Bluenose has appeared on 4 Canadian stamps, 1929, 1982, 1988 and 1998. The classic 1929 issue appeared on the 82 and 98 stamps. It’s hard to beat the iconic 1929 issue for power and grace. Of all the new releases, this one creates the greatest interest. I’d love to see a photo of the Bluenose incorporated into the design this time around.
The Valour Road stamps will honour 3 WW1 Canadian soldiers who lived on the same street in Winnipeg. Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland each won the Victoria Cross, prompting Pine Street to be renamed Valour Road in 1925.
Reoccurring themes for 2021 Canadian stamps
As expected, Canada Post will highlight several popular themes used in past years.
- spring flower stamps this year will be crab-apples blossoms.
- the Chinese Lunar New Year will feature a multi-stamp look at past issues in the series.
- Black History Month will honour pioneering settlements in Amber Valley, Alberta, and Willow Grove, New Brunswick.
- a stamp honouring the Canada Post Community Foundation, which supports a number of schools, charities, and children’s organizations.
- Eid, Diwali, and Hanukkah stamps.
- and of course, the yearly Christmas stamps which will have an angel and some as yet unannounced, classic Christmas characters.
Lots to look forward to in the new year. I’m eager to see who the designers are as well. I started a small database tracking modern designer and their stamps. If I ever complete it, I’ll share it, but don’t hold your breath. So many stamps to write about, so little time to spare.
What are your choices? Leave them in the comments below.
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